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Type: Journal article
Title: Use of dental services among Australian adults in the National Study of Adult Oral Health (NSAOH) 2017-18
Author: Brennan, D.S.
Luzzi, L.
Chrisopoulos, S.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2020; 65(Suppl 1):S71-S78
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0045-0421
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David S Brennan, Liana Luzzi, Sergio Chrisopoulos
Abstract: BACKGROUND:This study examines last dental visit (visiting within the last 12 months, having a last visit 5 or more years ago, attending a private dental practice) and usual visit (usually visiting for a check-up, having a dentist they usually attend). METHODS:Explanatory variables include age, gender, region, income, area-based SES and dental insurance. The data were collected in the Interview in NSAOH 2017-18. RESULTS:There was a dental visiting gradient by region, with lower percentages visiting in the last 12 months in remote (44.9%) and regional areas (50.8%) than major cities (58.7%). A higher percentage of the higher-income tertile made visits (63.8%) than the middle (53.7%) and lower tertiles (49.9%). There was a visiting gradient by area-based SES, with higher percentages in the higher (63.8%) and middle SES tertiles (55.2%) than the lower tertile (50.2%). Uninsured persons had lower percentages visiting (43.3%) than insured (69.7%). CONCLUSIONS:Persons in remote locations, those with low socioeconomic status and those uninsured were disadvantaged in terms of access. They had lower percentages visiting in the last 12 months, usually visiting for a check-up, having a dentist they usually attend and higher percentages visiting 5 or more years ago.
Keywords: Access to care
dental care
dental visits
health services
use of services
Rights: © 2020 Australian Dental Association
DOI: 10.1111/adj.12768
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